The 25th Amendment: Section 3 and July 13, 1985

In 2015 the Reagan Presidential Library began developing a one-of-a-kind experiential learning simulation called the Situation Room Experience.  One of the pivotal issues in the Situation Room Experience regards the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.   Recently we looked at how Sections 1 and 2 of the 25th Amendment were first … Continue reading The 25th Amendment: Section 3 and July 13, 1985

The 25th Amendment: The Situation Room Experience and United States History

In 2015 the Reagan Presidential Library began developing a one-of-a-kind experiential learning simulation called the Situation Room Experience.  Developed primarily for high school juniors and seniors, the game allows students to step into the role of a government official or member of the press to deal with a modern, fictional, foreign policy crisis based on … Continue reading The 25th Amendment: The Situation Room Experience and United States History

President Reagan’s Memorial Day Remarks

It is customary for American Presidents to provide remarks on Memorial Day. Watch the videos below showing three speeches and one radio address and answer the following questions: Count how many times President Reagan refers to President Lincoln in his addresses. Why do you think he references President Lincoln on Memorial Day? President Reagan made … Continue reading President Reagan’s Memorial Day Remarks

iCivics: Learning in any place at any time

iCivics in the Classroom and at Home iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a supplemental resource for educators designed to augment existing classroom curriculum for elementary through high school students.In order to align with the core standards in each state, iCivics is curated by themes such as the Foundations of Government, Politics and Public Policy, and International … Continue reading iCivics: Learning in any place at any time

Situation Room Experience Open Houses

The news flashes across the screen: THE NATION IS IN CRISIS!  The tension in the room is palpable as the Secretary of State, the President’s Chief of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, and a collection of nervous aides and officials turn their gaze to you.  It’s decision time and the fate of the nation, perhaps … Continue reading Situation Room Experience Open Houses

California Protests in the 1960s

In the late 1960s protest movements swept the Western World, and perhaps no year saw more upheaval than 1968.  In Paris student demonstrators attempted, but eventually failed, to find common cause with striking workers.  The Prague Spring movement in Czechoslovakia, led by Alexander Dubček, was a period of political reform before it was brutally repressed … Continue reading California Protests in the 1960s

This Day In History – May 5, 1985

President Reagan's Address at Bitburg In May of 1985 in the first months of his second term President Reagan visited West Germany to take part in the G-7 Economic Summit.  Because the visit occurred just before the 40th anniversary of “V-E Day” President Reagan and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl scheduled several events to mark … Continue reading This Day In History – May 5, 1985

Soviet Emigration DBQs

In the 1980s, issues of human rights abuses in the Soviet Union continued to raise concerns among westerners.  Most Soviets were locked behind the "iron curtain" with very few options or opportunities to emigrate.  At the same time, relations between U.S. and Soviet leaders stalled. When it was announced that President Reagan and the new … Continue reading Soviet Emigration DBQs